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Transition towards an EU sustainable food system involves many challenges


Making the EU’s production, consumption and trade in food environmentally sustainable is possible, but requires not only a major shift in public attitudes, policies and knowledge, but also seizing current opportunities for change, according to ‘Food in a green light’, a joint report by EEA and PBL published today.

Greenhouse gas emission levels continued to rise in 2016


In 2016, total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued to increase, by about 0.5%, reaching 49.3 gigatonnes in CO2 equivalent. This was mainly due to the rise in non-CO2 emission levels, estimated at around 1%. With a share of about 28%, non-CO2 emissions form a significant share of global GHG emissions.

LWE Nexus challenges gain from integrated policy approaches


The analysis, which combines PBL’s IMAGE and OECD’s ENV-Linkages models, contains a set of scenarios on the bottlenecks in the supply of water, land and energy. To alleviate negative effects and create synergies, efficient management of the nexus resources should take into account any direct and indirect effects of resource bottlenecks within the biophysical and economic systems.


People and the Earth

The publication ‘People and the Earth: International cooperation for the Sustainable Development Goals in 23 infographics’ uses visual representations to communicate challenges and options for making progress towards the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Trends in global CO2 emissions

Global CO2 emission levels remained more or less stable in 2015 and 2016. The recent slowdown in the increase in CO2 has mainly resulted from lower coal consumption due to fuel switches to natural gas and increased renewable energy in power generation.

Opportunities for a circular economy

Countries in Europe can profit from a circular economy. This 1-page website covers all aspects of a circular economy, showing that it involves much more than merely recycling materials.

Cities in Europe and the Netherlands

Cities are expected to play a key role in delivering the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, green and inclusive growth. Cities and urban areas in Europe presented in 25 infographics.

One-pager on global CO2

Are global CO2 emissions still rising? PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency presents the latest facts and figures.